With the second half of the 12-game Sonoma County League season underway, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball boys will be making a strong push to reach the postseason.
To make the North Coast Section Division-3 playoffs, the Dragons will probably need to win their last five league games and make a good showing in the annual SCL Tournament, which will, hopefully, be their first postseason stop.
To make the SCL Tourney, Sonoma has to be one of the top-four teams in the final standings, with the league champion and top seed playing the fourth-place school, and the second- and third-place squads battling in the first round of action, with the two opening-round winners then playing for the tournament title.
Currently, the Dragons who had a 4-2 SCL record before playing first-place defending champion Analy last night – results not available at presstime – are in third place, with Piner in second and Elsie Allen in the fourth spot, followed in order by El Molino, Petaluma and Healdsburg.
Sonoma begins its final five SCL regular-season-game stretch hosting El Molino this Tueday, Feb. 4, in Pfeiffer Gym – freshmen start at 4:30, the junior varsity play at 6, and the varsity tips off at 7:30 p.m. – with two more home games left against Healdsburg on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Petaluma on Thursday, Feb. 13.
The Dragon boys travel to Santa Rosa for their final two league road showdowns with Piner Thursday, Feb. 6, and Elsie Allen on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Sonoma’s varsity wrestling team remains on the SCL road, having competed at Petaluma last night – results not available at presstime – and traveling to Santa Rosa on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to battle Piner.
Then the Dragons will end their SCL dual-match season hosting Elsie Allen on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Golton Hall, which will also be Sonoma’s senior night.
The Sonoma grapplers will compete in one final weekend tournament tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 1, when they travel to Fairfield for the Rodriguez-hosted Lou Encalada Invitational.